GREENLAND TO NEWFOUNDLAND

FABLED LANDS OF THE NORTH 

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16 DAYS

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Reykjavik, IcelandExplore Reykjavik, overnight
Day 2Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandFly chartered flight to Greenland and embark National Geographic Explorer
Day 3Greenland’s West Coast & SisimiutExplore Greenland’s fjords, zodiak cruises, Sisimiut Museum and Historic Buildings
Day 4Disko Bay & IllulissatExplore Disko Bay with the World Heritage site of Illulissat Fjord
Day 5At Sea/Davis StraitRelax on Board watching for Wildlife
Day 6Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, CanadaExperience cultural insights at the hamlet of Pangnirtung, hike the beautiful views of Auyuittuq National Park, Kekerten Island
Day 7Hall Peninsula, Baffin IslandStriking landscapes, Arctic tundra and wildlife
Day 8 South Baffin Island Search for polar bears and other wildlife
Day 9Button Islands, NunavutKnown for the high population of sea birds and other marine animals
Days 10 - 13Exploring the Labrador CoastExplore the beautiful, wild coast of Labrador by kayak and Zodiac
Day 14L’anse Aux MeadowsVisit the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century
Day 15Northern NewfoundlandCliffs, fjords and beaches
Day 16St John’s, NewfoundlandGlide through the Natural gateway called the Narrows and Disembark and explore
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St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland reflection

Arrive in Reykjavík. Choose to soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. After lunch, check in to the Grand Hótel Reykjavík.

Days 2 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

National Geographic Explorer Iceland

Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland and embark the National Geographic Explorer at the head of Kangerlussuaq fjord, a 190-kilometre-long waterway whose name means “large fjord” in Greenlandic.

Days 3 Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

National-Geographic-Iceland Bridled Guillemot

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country. Discover this beautiful and rugged coastline in Zodiacs, keeping an eye out for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and stroll around a picturesque jumble of historic and modern wooden buildings.

Days 4 Disko Bay and Ilulissat

National Geographic Explorer Puffin Iceland

Sail into Qeqertarsuup Tunua, also known as Disko Bay, to explore the World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap that extends to the sea. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord. Visit the town of Ilulissat and walk to the archaeological site in Sermermiut, an abandoned valley previously inhabited by several distinct Inuit cultures.

Day 5 At Sea/Davis Strait

National Geographic Explorer Icelandic Women

Watch for whales and polar bears, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and attend expert-led talks about the Arctic as they navigate the massive icebergs of Davis Strait on the way to Baffin Island.

Day 6 Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, Canada

National Geographic Explorer waterfall Iceland
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Disembark at the hamlet of Pangnirtung—home to the Inuit for thousands of years—and interact with its thriving community of artists. Visit a craft center to see soapstone carvings, weavings, and prints depicting life in the Arctic. Hike along a riverside trail for sweeping views of Auyuittuq National Park, and discover the remains of a bygone whaling era on uninhabited Kekerten Island.

Day 7 Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island

National Geographic Explorer Photography

Spend today exploring the unspoiled landscapes of the Hall Peninsula, and get acquainted with the Arctic tundra biome. Hike the tundra in search of arctic foxes and walruses hauled out on the shore.

Day 8 South Baffin Island

National Geographic Iceland volcanic landscape

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, today’s itinerary is flexible to maximize wildlife sightings. Set out in pursuit of polar bears, which often find themselves stranded on the Lower Savage Islands and Resolution Island after the pack ice retreats during the summer.

Day 9 Button Islands, Nunavat

National Geographic Explorer Iceland

Scattered across the entrance to Hudson Strait, the Button Islands attract thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Encounter wildlife on kayak and Zodiac excursions along the coast.

Days 10-13 Exploring the Labrador Coast

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

Spend four days tracing the beautiful, wild coast of Labrador, exploring on foot and by kayak and Zodiac. Stop at the deserted outpost of Hebron, the peninsula’s northernmost settlement, to walk among the historic buildings of the Moravian Mission Station established here in the 1830s. Watch for peregrine falcons and other birds soaring over the rocky shorelines of the spectacularly narrow Mugford Tickle, and take in the impressive sight of the 1,200-metre-high Kaumajet Mountains. Enjoy a day on Quaker Hat Island, shaped like a broad-brimmed hat, and head into the tiny fishing settlement of Indian Harbour to observe vast colonies of common murres along the sea cliffs. Continue to scenic Battle Harbour to discover the reconstucted 19th-century buildings and legacy of this historic fishing village.

Day 14 L’anse Aux Meadows

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

In the 1960s, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were excavated at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts, and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—who arrived here nearly 500 years before the explorations of Columbus.

Day 15 Northern Newfoundland

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

Cliffs, fjords, and beaches grace northern Newfoundland. Hike, kayak, and explore by Zodiac amid this stunning scenery. Back on board the ship, gain insights from the experts on this unique landscape.

Day 16 St. John’s, Newfoundland

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

In the early morning, glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows and arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and home to Cape Spear—the most easterly point of North America. Explore the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill, or pay a visit to The Rooms and its fascinating regional exhibits. Then transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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